Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Thanksgiving Turkeys... or are they hockey players?

Check out all of our creative turkeys. They are definitely incognito for this years Thanksgiving dinner. Thank you to all who helped their child create something unique. We have them all displayed in our hall for everyone to enjoy!
I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving and a relaxing extra few days off!! 

Friday, November 21, 2014

Building for Kids

We had a great time on our field trip to The Building for Kids in Appleton. So many great learning opportunities and fun with friends. Thank you to all that were able to come along and chaperone. My apologies that it took me longer than I anticipated to get these up on the blog. Enjoy!!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Happy Veteran's Day!

To all who have or are serving- 
Thank you and Happy Veteran's Day!!

Our class has been learning about Veteran's Day and what a veteran is. We sent an email out to the Glenbrook staff as well as to our parents to find out if anyone was a veteran and what branch they served in. The kiddos have been very interested in this topic and are excited to find out if anyone we know is a veteran. If you are reading this and are a veteran, please feel free to leave us a comment and tell us what branch you served in.

Monday, November 10, 2014

What do stinky toes and Spanish have to do with each other?

We have been working hard on learning our colors in Spanish. We played a very cool game to help us practice today during our Spanish class. Click on the picture below to check it out for yourself. If you'd like to learn more about what we are studying during our Spanish time, check out this link on the district website.
Have fun playing the color game!


Sunday, November 2, 2014

Pumpkin Seed Project and Twitter

On Thursday of this week we took part in on online project in which we had to predict the number of seeds in a pumpkin. We took part in this project along with our buddy class in Oshawa, Canada via Twitter. 
We started our adventure by tweeting pictures of our pumpkins and our predictions to each other. As we began to open our pumpkins up, we again tweeted a picture of the insides of our pumpkins to each other in the event that we would need or want to update our predictions based on what we saw.

After we scooped all of the seeds out of the pumpkins to the delight of most, but groans from some, we began to talk about how we would go about counting all of the seeds. We had some great discussion, and in the end, decided that it would best and easiest if we put our seeds into piles of 10s to start with. This was a great strategy as it is exactly what we have been focusing on in math. As the teams went to work counting out piles of 10s we again tweeted a picture to Mrs. Drapers' class to see if they could figure out what counting strategy we were using. The groups then began to work collaboratively to count their seed piles. 
After passing the 100 mark some found it difficult to go on, so we discussed what happens when you get 10 piles of 10 and how many that is. We were then able to combine more of our piles which made the counting even easier. In the end, one of our pumpkins had 3 piles of a hundred, 4 piles of 10 and 7 extra ones. Using this information, we were able to quickly figure out that the pumpkin had 347 seeds.
When we were done, we tweeted a final picture to Mrs. Draper's class to show them the final count so they could compare their predictions to the actual number of seeds. It was a great collaborative activity in our classroom as well as via Twitter with Mrs. Draper's class. It was also fantastic way for us to work on problem solving skills, predicting, counting by 10s and 1s, and our writing skills all while using technology to enhance our learning.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

A week of fun!

Ties and more ties. 3 Mr. Sufka look alikes!
Even the teachers got in on the fun. 
What a fun and busy week in 1st grade! All week long we had various incentive days from comfie clothes, to dress your best to Halloween costumes. I wish I would have remembered to take more pictures than I did this week. Here are a few pics for you to enjoy from the festivities!

Witches, goblins, and treats. Who could ask for more?

Thursday, October 30, 2014

A tech-ified Mystery Reader

On Wednesday afternoon, Mrs. Uelmen, our Director of Instructional Technology, popped in as our Mystery Reader. We were a bit worried when she showed up without any books. We should have known better as she brought her favorite e-book on her iPad. Even better was that she used AirServer which means she was able to project the book from her iPad onto the Smartboard for us to see. She read the book, Hiccapotumus to us which was about a hippo with the hiccups. When we were done enjoying the story, she had several YouTube clips of various animal hiccups for us to enjoy and compare as well as a very funny video clip of a set of twin boys. We giggled a lot at this one... if was a great way to end our Wacky Wednesday. Check it out for yourself by clicking on the link above.
We have really been enjoying our mystery readers as each one has had a special flare!
I wonder who will be popping in next?

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

10 frame practice

We're learning the difference between decade numbers and teen numbers this week like SixTY versus sixTEEN. We're also working on representing and writing 2 digit numbers. We used 10 frames to help organize and represent our thinking. We found out that sixTY is 6 tens ( t, t, Ty equals t, t tens) and sixTEEN is 1 ten and 6 ones.